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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply spring treatment to bowling greens 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
264314  Apply spring treatment to bowling greens 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Horticulture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Conduct the preparations for the spring treatment of bowling greens.
  • Remove the thatch from the bowling green.
  • Aerate bowling greens.
  • Top dress and level the screed on bowling greens.
  • Provide primary turf care during the spring treatment period.
  • Prepare the green for the opening of a new season. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this qualification will have demonstrated competence in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 1 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare a bowling green for spring treatment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The necessity of determining the closing date of each green well in advance is explained with regard to the timeous communication of this date to the members. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The reasons for conducting the spring treatment are explained in terms of the benefits that thatch removal, hollow tyning and levelling provide. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The necessity of taking an annual soil analysis of the greens is explained within the context of determining the nutrient deficiencies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of understanding the physical and chemical aspects of the soil analysis is described in terms of the need to apply the necessary topdressing and fertilisers to bring the green to its optimum condition. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Scarify a bowling green. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The aims of scarifying a bowling green are described in terms of the removal of dead thatch from the surface of the green. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The correct procedures to scarify a bowling green are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The reasons why the scarifying material must be swept up and collected is explained and the procedures to perform this are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The rationale behind mowing the green this stage is explained in terms of trimming any grass material that has been lifted up in the scarifying process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The importance of watering the green thoroughly immediately after the mowing is explained within the context of softening the ground in preparation for hollow tyning. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Aerate a bowling green with a hollow tyner to reduce compaction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons for aerating a bowling green are described in terms of reducing compaction in the upper reaches of the root zone of the green. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The procedures to hollow tyne a bowling green are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The procedures to remove the tyne cores are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The reasons for "rubbing in" the silica sand into the hollow tyne holes are explained and the methods of achieving this are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The application of fertiliser to the green is demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The necessity of irrigating the green immediately after the fertiliser has been applied is explained in terms of preventing "burning" and the procedures to irrigate the green are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Screed and level the top dressing on a bowling green. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons why a theodolite or dumpy level must be used to obtain the correct heights of the levelling pegs are described in terms of the degree of accuracy that is required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The operation of a dumpy and the methods of levelling all the pegs are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The methods of applying the top dressing mix onto the green and the procedures to level this material are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The reasons why the green must receive frequent light irrigation at this stage is explained in terms of ensuring minimal disturbance of the top dressing. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Provide primary turf care to the green during the spring treatment period. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The irrigation scheduling that is necessary for the spring treatment of a bowling green is described with regard to the promotion of growth and the stabilisation of the green's surface. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The reasons why the initial mowing should be done with an old cutting cylinder and bottom blade are explained in terms of the wear and damage that the unsettled topdressing causes in this stage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of not cutting lower than 10mm at this stage is explained within the context of allowing the growth of as much leaf as possible to ensure that maximum photosynthesis is achieved. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The necessity of following the fertilising schedule for the spring treatment of the green is described with regard to the promotion of optimum growth. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The process of monitoring the growth of the grass and the gradual lowering of the cut height is demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Prepare the green for the opening of a new season. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The methods of checking and readjusting the heights of the ditch boards are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The methods of checking and readjusting the angles and levels of the banks are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The procedures for removal and replacement of the upper layer of sand in the ditches are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The reasons why a preventative fungicide is required is explained and the procedures to apply this are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The importance of observing the safety precautions and handling practices when working with hazardous chemicals is explained and the correct procedures for their use are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The necessity of examining the green and ascertaining the ratio of insects per metre is explained in terms of selecting the appropriate pest control method. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The reasons why a light top dressing is required at this stage are explained within the context of the need for the final levelling and the methods of applying this are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The procedures for cutting the banks and green surrounds are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The procedures for setting the final cutting height and the double cutting of the green is demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    The correct preparation procedures to follow for opening the greens are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against the qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described in the associated unit standards.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected in the assessment criteria for each specific outcome and must be assed in its own right, through oral and written evidence. Observation cannot be the only assessment. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made by:
  • Applying the principles of health and safety in the usage of hazardous chemicals. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner is able to work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or communities by:
  • Participating with others in the hollow tyning of the green. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Preparing the green for the opening of the season. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Providing feedback on the results of the soil analysis. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation by:
  • Relaying information on the progress of the spring treatment program to the members. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner is able to use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by:
  • Understanding the importance of applying the fertilisers that compensate for the nutrient deficiencies shown in the soil analysis. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation:
  • Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    The learner is able to contribute to the full personal development of themselves and the social and economic development of the society at large:
  • Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  66649   National Certificate: Landscaping  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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